Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge), Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday inaugurated the BS-VI Emission Testing Facilities at IndianOil’s R&D Centre in Faridabad.
The R&D facilities inaugurated today are designed to test all types of fuels, such as petrol, diesel, ethanol-blended petrol, bio-diesel, CNG, LNG, Hydrogen-CNG and 2G-ethanol blends, to ensure that they meet the superior BS-VI norms that are to be implemented across the country by April 2020. In addition to generating emission data, the facilities will also evaluate the fuel blends for energy efficiency and engine durability.
Mr. KD Tripathi, Secretary, MoPNG; Mr. Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IndianOil; Dr. SSV Ramakumar, Director (R&D), IndianOil, and other senior officials accompanied the Minister on his visit to various research facilities on the R&D Centre campus Addressing the senior scientists at the R&D Centre, Mr. Pradhan exhorted them to ensure that the benefits of their research and innovations reach the common man and benefit him in every possible way.
Complimenting them for developing a nano-additised battery for use in e-rickshaws, with better efficiency and longer life than commercially available batteries, he urged them to take its benefits to the market at the earliest.
Mr. Pradhan lauded the efforts of IndianOil R&D in commercialising Indane Nanocut — the industrial version of LPG for the metal-cutting industry.
He took keen interest in the Centre’s R&D efforts in new process and product technologies like OCTAMAX, intelligent instrumented pipeline inspection gauge (IPIG), 2G-ethanol and the various catalysts developed for refinery and petrochemical plant operations.
Evincing keen interest in the comprehensive research facilities of the R&D Centre, Mr. Pradhan hoped that IndianOil would take a quantum leap in alternative and renewable research arenas in the next 3-4 years.
Appreciating IndianOil’s tie-ups with premier academic and research institutions in India and abroad, Mr. Pradhan exhorted the R&D group to kindle scientific fervour in the younger generations by creating an eco-system that facilitates budding scientists to emerge as potential innovators and entrepreneurs.
Earlier, welcoming the Minister, Mr. Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IndianOil, briefed him on the multifaceted research programmes of the R&D centre and their successful adoption in the Company’s business verticals.
IndianOil’s R&D Centre, established in 1972, is the country’s foremost centre of excellence in downstream petroleum R&D. With a portfolio of over 550 active patents in India and abroad, the Centre lends the much-needed backend support to the Company in the form of proprietary research and commercialisation capabilities in lubricants, refinery processes & pipelines operations, fuel additives, catalysts, alternative & renewable energy sources, engine testing, materials sciences and environmental sciences.
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